Seattle University offers social justice focused, community-based advanced clinical social work education.

Now Accepting Applications! Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (WDI)

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This innovative program is designed to expand the number and diversity of mental health counselors, social workers and therapists in Washington state who serve individuals with severe mental health or substance use challenges. The initiative provides grants, up to $51,500, to students in advanced social work and counseling programs at 13 participating universities across the state in return for their service in approved community-based behavioral health or tribal agencies. Learn more here


Our social-justice focused, community-based Advanced Clinical MSW program is uniquely suited to prepare you for this workforce development initiative. Along with social justice theory, mental health diagnosis and treatment, and policy classes, you will take two years of practice courses which center social justice and build your skills in anti-oppressive practice. Learning is enhanced by small class size and professors who have community-based clinical experience. WDI scholars have a dedicated social work faculty member advisor who understands community-based behavioral health.


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Social Justice Statement

Program Options

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2-Year MSW

A full-time, cohort-based, social justice-focused MSW program. 

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Advanced Standing MSW

For applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. 

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Learn about practicum details and requirements for both MSW program options. 

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Sub-Specialization Opportunities

Learn about sub-specialization opportunities for both MSW program options. 

MSW Events and Info Sessions

Student Spotlight

Contact Us

  • Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Department of Social Work

    Director, Master of Social Work 

    Associate Professor


  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director, Department of Social Work 

    Clinical Professor


  • Katie Hoag

    Program Coordinator, Master of Social Work 


  • Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Work 


Council on Social Work Education

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers. 

Soak Up Summer in Seattle


As a Seattleite who thrives on summer activities, I am frequently asked, “What’re your favorite things to do in the summer?” While Seattle has great aspects to each season, there is something about Seattle summers that are pure magic. Suddenly everyone is in a great mood, the sun is out till 9pm and there’s no shortage on things to occupy your time.
May 11, 2023

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Advanced Standing Student Spotlight

March Blog 2023

Hello, I am Chelsie Chavira, an Advanced Standing MSW student here at Seattle University. It has been a persistent grind and a journey of self-discovery for me so far. The first summer quarter for just the Advanced Standing MSW students was the most eye-opening and life changing experience I have had in my educational career thus far. I was pushed to question and reflect my own beliefs; however, it has shaped my role as a future clinician.
Apr 3, 2023

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